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By POC Talk Hey y'all, we are going to be doing a series on terms you should know! Because these terms cover complex issues the explanations given here do not and cannot cover the entirety of the concepts they describe. These are not complete definitions but more like a crash course for an entry into the conversations that surround them. There are many more terms and ideas we should be interrogating, and hopefully this is a good start. Racism The definition of racism that this writer finds the most useful is prejudice + power. This is why you hear people say things like Black people can’t be racist⎯ it is not to say people of color cannot have prejudices, but in most cases we lack the institutional privilege or power for those prejudices to negatively affect White people outside of hurt feelings. A Black person’s prejudice cannot impede on a white person’s standing in society, whereas racism is institutional and historical, affect...

 
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Hey y’all, we are going to be doing a series on terms you should know! Things like, what or who is a TERF? What does white fragility really mean? Or, why am I getting such bad side eye because I’m using the dictionary definition of racism? This week we’ll be talking about TERFs, Intersectionality, white feminism, dead names and doxxing. These terms cover complex issues the explanations given here do not and cannot cover the entirety of the concepts they describe. These are not complete definitions but are meant to serve as an entry into the conversations that surround them. There are many more terms and ideas we should be interrogating,  hopefully this is a good start. Intersectionality The dictionary definition of intersectionality is: “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of dis...

 
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Constantly being immersed in conversations about race and injustice will take its toll. The first time I took an African American history class, I started self harming. I found it completely overwhelming, just trying to deal with the pain caused by constantly thinking about the long list of traumas Black people have faced in this country. When writing these articles I sometimes find myself having to spend hours researching Neo-nazis, sifting through racist propaganda and legal paper work, or spending hours and days reading the words of faculty members and people in authority who blatantly don’t care about the struggles we all face as POC. I do it because I know it’s important. We all do it because we know how important this work is. It’s been proven time and again that if we don’t stand up for ourselves no one else will, but I’m not going to lie to ya’ll, we all know it’s exhausting. Remember it’s okay to take a break or ask for he...

 
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By Ruby Love, Sarah Bradley, & Jasmine Kozak Gilroy WEDNESDAY 4/20 MEXICO: Government Repression Grows Against Indigenous Self-Defense Forces Evergreen Library. 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, a panel of speakers will meet in the Library to “explore the politicized incarceration of Nestora Salgado, neoliberalism, and the Drug War in Mexico as well as touch on indigenous, feminist, and ecological justice movements in Mexico.” The event features five different speakers, each planning to focus on a specific topic related to the event’s overall theme. According to the event’s Facebook page, the speakers include: Nestora Salgado, “Indigenous leader, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and ex-political prisoner in Mexico.” She was detained by Mexican federal soldiers in 2013 as a result of her activism. She was held in a maximum security prison and denied contact with her attorney and her family. Dr. Filiberto Barajas-Lopez, U.W. College of Educ...

 
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[caption id="attachment_4672" align="alignnone" width="400"] Illustration by River Gates[/caption] By Issac Scott When George Bridges starts his new job as president of Evergreen in October, the college will be in the midst of some of the biggest challenges in its history. With state funding in free-fall and enrollment on the decline, Bridges will likely be a decisive factor at important crossroads for Evergreen’s future. He’s a seasoned academic leader with considerable political know-how. The Seattle native has already spent a decade at the helm of Whitman College, a prestigious private school in Walla Walla, and a long career working in sociology and criminal justice. With his credentials and connections, it’s no surprise the Board of Trustees picked him for the job. When I talked to Bridges on the phone recently, I asked him about his record on social justice and inclusive governance, and what makes Evergreen important. ...

 
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[caption id="attachment_3006" align="alignleft" width="360"] Matt Fu (Left) and Sarah Bradley (right). Photo by BLAINE EWIG[/caption] BY SARA FABIAN Many people move to Olympia because of its politics­—the state capital can be seen as “progressive” due to its close knit community that are highly involved in political activism. Media Island is a house-turned-activism center that primarily consists of a “networking center for individuals, groups, and people working on social change, environmental justice, sustainability, and peace” in Olympia. Media Island’s intent is to be a neural hub for groups that are trying to gather and receive information about issues that are typically ignored by the mainstream media. Media Island started when founders recognized that many important stories weren’t getting media attention. Matt Fu, general manager at KOWA, explained that Media Island started in the early ‘80s as a “journalism department ...